National Maple Syrup Day is December 17
Maple Syrup is Made in Nature
National Maple Syrup Day is officially observed on December 17th but the actual harvesting of the syrup begins in mid February.
Maple syrup is a product of the northern most states in the U.S. and many states have traditional maple sugaring celebrations in honor of this wonderful locally gathered natural treat.
True maple syrup is worth buying and trying at least once. It is so good that it does deserve a special day all it's own.
Maple Syrup has a Long History in the United States
The native American Indians including the Chippewa, Menominee, and Winnebago would move their tribes to their forest sugar camp to harvest the sap each February and March. They would make a hole to tap the maple with a hollow reed or twig which would allow the sap to drip into their handmade wooden buckets. The sap would be heated by dropping hot cooking stones into the buckets to evaporate much of the water, leaving the concentrated maple syrup.
Collecting the maple syrup for the Indian tribes was a time for people to come together after the harsh winters for games, visiting and making the syrup.
When the settlers came to America the Indians taught them to collect the sap and make their own syrup. This has been going on for hundreds of years thanks to the Native Americans.
Buckets Collecting Maple Sap
Maple trees let their sap move right before springtime
Today's Maple Sugar Production
Making the maple syrup today had been made easier by new cooking methods and equipment but the same steps that the Indians took must still be done to produce the syrup. The sap must be collected but now it can be done with a tubing system that brings the sap directly to the evaporator house from the tree.
Canada produces more than 80 percent of the world's maple syrup while Vermont, New York and Maine are the largest producers of the syrup in the United States.
The United States has a grading system for the syrup that includes Grade A and Grade B. Grade A is light and has a mild flavor while Grade B has a very rich maple taste and is used mainly for cooking and flavoring. The photo shows the different grades in the U.S. - left to right: Grade A Light Amber ("Fancy"), Grade A Medium Amber, Grade A Dark Amber, Grade B. - SEE PHOTO
Nothing is better than real homemade pancakes topped with real maple syrup. Great for holidays, family days or just a nice start to any day.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20-30 minutes
- 1 cup flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup milk (plus or minus some to get the right consistancy)
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon oil
- Mix dry and wet ingredients in separate bowls.
- Add the mixed wet ingredients to the dry mixed ingredients to make the pancake batter.
- Pour 1/4 cup batter onto a heated pan or griddle that has been sprayed with cooking spray or coated with oil.
- When bubble appear on the top of the pancake flip and cook 30 more seconds.
- Serve with warmed MAPLE SYRUP!
- photo credit
Which is Best?
Everyone has their own favorite syrup to put on pancakes and waffels.
What is your favorite syrup to use on pancakes and waffles?
"American labelling laws prohibit imitation syrups from having "maple" in their names."